House Republicans seek to open up national forests to mining and logging

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/24/house-republicans-open-national-forests-mining-logging-oregon-militia-malheur-wildlife-refuge

“Donald Barry, senior vice-president for conservation programs at Defenders of Wildlife, said the authors of the bill were in a “time warp”.

“One would expect this kind of thing would happen in the 1900s, but not the 21st century,” he said.

“National forests are no longer viewed by the public as an ATM machine based on the exploitation of natural resources. They are places to hike, camp and to be protected in order to provide clean water supplies. The American people clearly realize this now.

“The idea that states will manage this land well is just an illusion. They don’t have the resources to do so, which means there will be a fire sale for mining and timber companies. The American public would lose access to these lands. Those days should be behind us.”

The authors of the bills, along with the committee chairman, Rob Bishop, were all approached for comment.”

Wednesday 24 February 2016 20.50 GMT Last modified on Wednesday 24 February 2016 21.20 GMT
Weeks after an anti-government militia’s takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge, legislators are presenting bills to loosen federal authority over public land
Federal land, such as the Lewis River Gifford Pinchot national forest in Washington state, could be opened up for logging, mining and other commercial activities if House Republicans have their way.
Federal land, such as the Lewis River Gifford Pinchot national forest in Washington state, could be opened up for logging, mining and other commercial activities if House Republicans have their way.

Congress is to consider two bills that would allow states to hand over vast tracts of federal land for mining, logging or other commercial activities – just weeks after the arrest of an armed militia that took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon in protest at federal oversight of public land.

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2 Responses to House Republicans seek to open up national forests to mining and logging

  1. Bill says:

    Jean – Whenever there is a plan to open otherwise “protected” areas for such endeavors, you can be certain that some major corporation has examined that land and there is some significant wealth therein for their profit venture. You can also be reasonably sure that the legislator(s) offering the motion has/have either received a significant donation or has/had funds placed in his “trust” or some other convenient place.

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